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The wealthy and lead poisoning in the Middle Ages

Article from the University of Southern Denmark: “Being rich in the Middle Ages led to an unhealthy life” Summary: In the Middle Ages only wealthy town people could afford to eat and drink from beautiful, colored glazed cups and plates. But the glazing was made of lead, which found its way into the body if you…

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Archaeologists discover ancient Anglo-Saxon Island

From Fox News: Experts in the U.K. have discovered the remains of an Anglo-Saxon island, which they are touting as a site of huge archaeological importance… …The amazing Lincolnshire discovery was sparked by Graham Vickers, a local man with a metal detector who unearthed a silver stylus from a disturbed plough field. Vickers reported the…

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Digitizing the medieval world

From Philly.com: At Lehigh University, a visitor to the Linderman Library can plunge into the Middle Ages and study a 15th-century text that shows the Earth as the center of the universe. Or touch the pages of an oversize religious songbook, adorned with gold leaf and painted in bright hues on calfskin, and held by…

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Medieval Glossary: Danegeld

Danegeld Tribute paid to the Danes (Dane Gold). *term retrieved from Netserf Medieval Glossary  From the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: AD 1050. The same year King Edward abolished the Danegeld which King Ethelred imposed.  That was in the thirty-ninth year after it had begun.  That tribute harassed all the people of England so long as is above written;…